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Quotes About Tragedy

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Friedrich Nietzsche
“He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Beverly Donofrio
“One day can change your life. One day can ruin your life. All life is is three or four big days that change everything.”
Beverly Donofrio

George Orwell
“Tragedy, he precieved, belonged to the ancient time, to a time when there were still privacy, love, and friendship, and when the members of a family stood by one another without needing to know the reason.”
George Orwell, 1984

Roland Merullo
“I felt I was drawing close to that age, that place in life, where you realize one day what you'd told yourself was a Zen detachment turns out to be naked fear. You'd had one serious love relationship in your life and it had ended in tragedy, and the tragedy had broken something inside you. But instead of trying to repair the broken place, or at least really stop and look at it, you skated and joked. You had friends, you were a decent citizen. You hurt no one. And your life was somehow just about half of what it could be.”
Roland Merullo, A Little Love Story

R.J. Gonzales
“A flower bloomed already wilting. Beginning its life with an early ending.”
R.J. Gonzales, Mundahlia

Eric Jerome Dickey
“People know your tragedies and they treat you like
you’re not human. Like you’re a three-headed goat. A monster from some other planet. They keep reminding you of your pain.
You see how they look at me? They’re stuck on that person I used to be. They can’t see that old life as just a moment in time that I’ve moved on from. It was a horrible life.”
Eric Jerome Dickey, Genevieve

Steven Weinberg
“The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy. ”
Steven Weinberg

Banana Yoshimoto
“And when something awful happens, the goodness stands out even more ...”
Banana Yoshimoto, The Lake

Arthur Schopenhauer
“What give all that is tragic, whatever its form, the characteristic of the sublime, is the first inkling of the knowledge that the world and life can give no satisfaction, and are not worth our investment in them. The tragic spirit consists in this. Accordingly it leads to resignation.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, Vol 1

Maya Van Wagenen
“No popularity exists when tragedy strikes. All that's left are human hearts and love and ache. We all love each other, deep down, and when we see another soul in pain we can't help but hurt too.”
Maya Van Wagenen, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

Richelle E. Goodrich
“In a world plagued with commonplace tragedies, only one thing exists that truly has the power to save lives, and that is love.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Dandelions: The Disappearance of Annabelle Fancher

Neal Shusterman
“On a sunny Tuesday - for it seems so many awful things happen on a Tuesday - six astronauts and one schoolteacher attempted to pierce the sky. Instead they touched the stars.”
Neal Shusterman, Everwild

“As a rule, we don't like to feel to sad or lonely or depressed. So why do we like music (or books or movies) that evoke in us those same negative emotions? Why do we choose to experience in art the very feelings we avoid in real life?

Aristotle deals with a similar question in his analysis of tragedy. Tragedy, after all, is pretty gruesome. […] There's Sophocles's Oedipus, who blinds himself after learning that he has killed his father and slept with his mother. Why would anyone watch this stuff? Wouldn't it be sick to enjoy watching it? […] Tragedy's pleasure doesn't make us feel "good" in any straightforward sense. On the contrary, Aristotle says, the real goal of tragedy is to evoke pity and fear in the audience. Now, to speak of the pleasure of pity and fear is almost oxymoronic. But the point of bringing about these emotions is to achieve catharsis of them - a cleansing, a purification, a purging, or release. Catharsis is at the core of tragedy's appeal.”
Brandon W. Forbes, Radiohead and Philosophy: Fitter Happier More Deductive

Angela Carter
“Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.”
Angela Carter, Wise Children

Lawrence Durrell
“You see, nothing matters except pleasure - which is the opposite of happiness, its tragic part, I expect.”
Lawrence Durrell, The Alexandria Quartet

Julie Metz
“I had hoped that the rest of the world would stand still while I got myself together again, but Chaos and Tragedy had marched into other lives close to mine as well.”
Julie Metz, Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal

William Shakespeare
“Finish, good lady; the bright day is done, And we are for the Dark.”
William Shakespeare

“The search for Jesus is about reconciling loss and tragedy to God and us.”
W. Scott Lineberry

“History is orphan. It can speak, but cannot hear. It can give, but cannot take. Its wounds and tragedies can be read and known, but cannot be avoided or cured.”
Kedar Joshi

Nenia Campbell
'Better to have loved and lost,' my ass.

Anyone parroting that little platitude had obviously never lost anyone of consequence.”
Nenia Campbell, Touched with Sight

JohnA Passaro
“The best thing you can say to someone going through a tragic loss is not that

"It's going to be alright"

It is:
"Hold on tight because this is going to hurt like hell".”
JohnA Passaro

David Gemmell
“We make choices every day, some of them good, some of them bad. And if we are strong enough, we live with the consequences.”
David Gemmell

“The most fundamental tragedy of my life is that the ones who I see do not exist
and the one who exists I do not see.”
Kedar Joshi

David Mamet
“Every reiteration of the idea that _nothing matters_ debases the human spirit.

Every reiteration of the idea that there is no drama in modern life, there is only dramatization, that there is no tragedy, there is only unexplained misfortune, debases us. It denies what we know to be true. In denying what we know, we are as a nation which cannot remember its dreams--like an unhappy person who cannot remember his dreams and so denies that he does dream, and denies that there are such things as dreams.”
David Mamet, Writing in Restaurants: Essays and Prose

Jean Anouilh
“It bothered me that whatever was waiting wasn't waiting for me”
Jean Anouilh, Antigone

Richard Paul Evans
“There's a problem with marrying up. You always worry that someday they'll see through you and leave. Or, worse yet, someone better will come along and take her. In my case, it wasn't someone. And it wasn't something better.”
Richard Paul Evans, The Walk

Sara Zarr
“It's like a Venn diagram of tragedy.”
Sara Zarr, Once Was Lost

Robert M. Price
“One hardly need believe that the events in your life are actually planned as bolts from the blue, sent special delivery from a deity who is testing and training you like a lab rat! And that is what we are saying when we fretfully ask, "What can God be trying to teach me through this tragedy?”
Robert M. Price

“Whatever the response to loss and tragedy, the experience seems to boil down to one journey--searching for Jesus.”
W. Scott Lineberry

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